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Make of me something…

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Discernment.

According to Merriam-Webster, it’s “the quality of being able to grasp and comprehend what is obscure.” Per Dictionary.com, it’s “the act or process of exhibiting keen insight and good judgment.” Wikipedia describes it as “the process of discerning God’s will for one’s life”.

I am learning, all over again.

It’s about listening for His presence in our lives, experiences, and decisions. For all those seemingly “big decisions” throughout our journey, but also (and especially) amongst the little-est of things in our daily living.

Recently joined a workshop about “Discernment” – and we had our first gathering last night at St. Joseph’s Parish Center. The first session was mostly about getting to know each other; and also understanding the life of Saint Ignatius of Loyola.

I’ve learned this prayer, and I want to share this with you all.

O Eternal One,
It would be easier for me to pray
if I were clear
and of a single mind and a pure heart;
if I could be done hiding from myself
and from you, even in my prayers.

But, I am who I am,
mixture of motives and excuses,
blur of memories,
quiver of hopes,
knot of fear,
tangle of confusion,
and restless with love,
for love.

I wander somewhere between
gratitude and grievance,
wonder and routine,
high resolve and undone dreams,
generous impulses and unpaid bills.

Come, find me, Lord.
Be with me exactly as I am.
Help me find me, Lord.
Help me accept what I am,
so I can begin to be yours.

Make of me something small enough to snuggle,
young enough to question,
simple enough to giggle,
old enough to forget,
foolish enough to act for peace;
skeptical enough to doubt
the sufficiency of anything but you,
and attentive enough to listen
as you call me out of the tomb of my timidity
into the chancy glory of my possibilities
and the power of your presence.

Ted Loder, Guerrillas of Grace, LuraMedia, 1984

Pastor shared with me a few days ago:

Who’s going to give you an answer, if you believe you have all the answers already?

Discern

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  1. hh
    February 3rd, 2010 at 02:06 | #1

    beautiful prayer…

    “Come, find me, Lord.
    Be with me exactly as I am.
    Help me find me, Lord.
    Help me accept what I am,
    so I can begin to be yours.”…

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